For the past few months, Runnymede has been working on the Civil Society report submission to the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The report aims to provide the perspective of over 100 NGOs on race and racism in England to the UN and we have been funded by the EHRC.
The launch of the report will be at 11am on 15th July (2021) via zoom, with a number of key figures as speakers, discussing the impact of upcoming legislation (the Voter ID Bill, Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill) on ethnic minority communities and what urgently needs to change.
The UK ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 1969. By ratifying CERD, the UK agrees to take action to eliminate racial discrimination in all its forms, including:
eradicating racial hatred and incitement to hatred
taking action to combat prejudices which lead to racial discrimination
guaranteeing the enjoyment of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights without discrimination on grounds of race, colour, or national or ethnic origin
The implementation of CERD is monitored by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Around every five years, the Committee reviews how well each state is putting into practice the rights in CERD. Around this time, civil society organisations in the UK set out a shadow report that sets out how the Government has implemented CERD, and what measures need to be taken.
For more information on the different articles of the Convention please see page 2 of the publication produced collaboratively by the EHRC and Runnymede in 2016, here.
The Runnymede Trust sought evidence from civil society organisations, academics and institutions to shape the report. The shadow report is crucial to holding the Government to account for their legal obligations under CERD. The 2016 report benefited from wide engagement from organisations across England and made a significant impact in informing the work of the UN committee on eliminating racial discrimination.
In March 2021, individuals and organisations engaged with our written call for evidence and roundtables in England. In total, 122 individuals and organisations across England were consulted in our roundtables and 62 organisations and individuals provided written evidence.
We received written evidence from the following organisations:
Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance
ATM (Anti Tribalism Movement)
British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
British Medical Association
Children's Rights and Economic and Social Rights
Dorset Race Equality Council
End the Virus of Racism
Equality Act Review
Family, Friends & Travellers
From Paternalism to Human rights
i have a voice (Just For You campaign)
Liberty Human Rights
Migrants Rights Network
Newcastle University & Leed Becket University
No More Exclusions
PS John Grieve (London Metropolitan University)
RJ Working CIC
Safety4Sisters, the International Community Organisation of Sunderland (ICOS), Connected Voice and Praxis (joint)
The Bell Foundation
The Children's Society
The Democracy Club
The Migration Observatory, University of Oxford
Queen Mary Global Policy Institute (Queen Mary University of London)
UCET (Universities Council for the Education of Teachers)
University of Birmingham
University College London
University of Manchester
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
University of Warwick
Usdaw (Midlands Division)
Women's Resource Centre
Read the written evidence submissions here.